Visiting YDS

Prospective students are warmly invited and strongly encouraged to visit Yale Divinity School. Visiting YDS is the best way to learn about the programs and community offered at Yale, and give us a chance to get to know you. Interviews are not required for admission.

Schedule a Tour

Tours and informal information sessions are offered Monday through Thursday while classes are in session.  During the summer (May-August) visits begin at 10:00 am and are offered Monday through Wednesday, with a reduced schedule as classes are not in session. We will help you craft a itinerary that meets your needs and schedule, and provides a full experience of life at YDS. A typical visit begins at 9:30 a.m. and the itinerary includes:

  • Information session with a member of the admissions staff
  • Tour Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (including the Divinity Library)
  • Worship with our students during our daily Marquand Chapel service
  • Join our community for a cup of coffee and fellowship during our post-chapel coffee hour
  • Sit in on a class or two (offerings will vary by day/semester)
  • Share lunch in the refectory with one of our current students
  • Visits can either wrap-up after lunch (about 1:30 p.m.), or guests are invited to attend an afternoon class or an evening activity on campus (offerings will vary by day/semester)

There are two ways to schedule a tour of campus:

If you are scheduling a visit at least 3 days in advance you are welcome to use our online scheduler.  Remember, if you have questions please do not hesitate to call our office at (203) 432-5360.  Please let our office know if you wish to speak with someone from Berkeley Divinity School or the Institute of Sacred Music so appropriate arrangements can be made.   


Spring Admitted Student Days

Admitted Student Days are held each April and are an opportunity to bring together newly admitted applicants.  We hold separate events for MDiv and MAR admitted students to better allow students to explore the specific degree programs, and invite STM students to attend either day. Both days provide a more in-depth overview of Yale Divinity School and allows our admitted students to learn more about the wonderful opportunities available to them should they decide to enroll. 


Fall Open House for Prospective Students

Each year the Admissions Office hosts a Fall Open House in November.  The event includes faculty and student panels, admissions and financial aid presentations, information on the degree programs, visits to class, an opportunity to attend chapel and share fellowship with our community, and a closing reception. 


Directions and Parking Information

The Admissions Office is located on the first floor of Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.  As you enter the building take a right down the ramp and you will arrive in our reception area. Parking is available in the Divinity School surface lot #409. Turn right into the driveway and continue a few yards. The main entrance will be on your right. Detailed transportation information around Yale is available at to.yale.edu, including mass-transit information.

 

Local Ground Transportation

By Train:  New Haven’s Union Station, 50 Union Avenue, New Haven, CT

Amtrak and Metro-North Commuter line service New Haven.  Metro-North runs every hour between Grand Central Station in New York City and New Haven (including most local stops).  If you are coming from points other than New York City you should use Amtrak.  Upon arrival at Union Station in New Haven you may take a Yale Shuttle or taxi to the Divinity School.

Amtrak: 800-872-7245 (www.amtrak.com)

Connecticut Metro-North: 800-638-7646 (http://www.mta.info/mnr/)

Metro Taxi: 203-777-7777

By Bus:

Greyhound, Megabus and Peter Pan services New Haven’s Union Station (the train station is also the bus station).  You may take a Yale Shuttle or taxi from the station to the Divinity School.

Peter Pan Bus Lines: (800) 343-9999

Greyhound Bus Line: (800) 231-2222

Megabus: us.megabus.com

Metro Taxi: (203) 777-7777

 

By Plane:

Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport (HVN) is the closest airport to the Divinity School.  US Airways Express is the only airline which services Tweed (six flights in and out daily to and from Philadelphia).  Upon arrival at Tweed you may take a taxi or rent a car to reach Yale Divinity School.

Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks is approximately one hour from New Haven, but offers a greater choice of airlines including Southwest and most of the major commercial carriers. 

Some individuals also choose to fly into one of the New York area airports (JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark, NJ).  New York’s MTA rail service and Connecticut Limo offers ground transportation from all three New York area airports, as well as from Bradley Airport.  It is a short taxi ride from the Connecticut Limo terminal to the Divinity School. 

Connecticut Limo: 203-878-2222 (www.ctlimo.com a small discount may apply to online reservations)

 

**From I-91 North or South;

Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) off I-91

At the end of the ramp go straight on Trumbull Street.

Take a right on Whitney Ave and continue to Edwards St. 

Take a left onto Edwards and then a right onto Prospect St. 

The Divinity School is in the next block on the right, #11 will be on your right.


Places to Stay

New Haven Hotel
229 George Street
New Haven, CT
(203) 498-3100

Farnum Guest House (within walking distance of YDS)
616 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT
(888) 562-7121
(203) 562-7121

Bed and Breakfast (within walking distance of YDS)
Innkeeper: Ms. Janet Selzer
6 St. Ronan Terrace
New Haven, CT
(203) 624-7068

Courtyard Marriott
30 Whalley Avenue
(800) HOLIDAY
(203) 777-6221

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
155 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 
(800) THE-OMNI
(203) 772-6664

Touch of Ireland Guest House
670 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT

(866) 787-7990

(203) 787-79927
La Quinta by Marriott
400 Sargent Drive

New Haven, CT 
(203) 562-1111

Premiere Hotel and Suites 
3 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT 
(866) 584-0232
(203) 777-5337

 

About Yale University and New Haven

New Haven, a sophisticated, affordable city of 120,000, is in the midst of a dramatic renaissance that is drawing record numbers of visitors, improving neighborhoods, and witnessing new businesses and restaurants.  Yale, a large working port, and several corporate headquarters, and a vibrant cultural scene give New Haven the feel of a bustling city.  But, at the same time, there's the ambience of a New England village that comes across in a town green, leafy streets and civic pride that includes abundantly documented claims that New Havenites invented the hamburger and introduced pizza to the New World. For more information about the city of New Haven and its relationship with Yale University please visit the Office of New Haven and State Affairs' Living in New Haven web site.